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July 2018 Issues

Architect, ADU advocate outlines ways to boost stock of affordable housing

“In order to provide more housing we need to create more affordable units,” said Rex Allen, principal at Shearwater Services Inc. in his opening remarks during a presentation at Seattle King County REALTORS®. Allen, an architect who has provided project management services for numerous single and multi-family developments, gave an [..]

HIB panelists ponder solutions for housing supply and affordability crisis

Four panelists and moderator Shane Davies, 2018 president of Seattle King County REALTORS®, joined with 100 other elected officials, candidates for public office, policymakers, and Realtors to discuss housing policies and “common sense” ideas for restoring affordability in preparation for 1.8 million new residents. Now in its 24th year, this [..]

Issues & Impacts

Issues & Impacts is a quarterly publication produced by the SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® to inform members about current issues and successes within your Governmental Affairs Department. SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS® (SKCR) is ensuring that public policies support homeownership and your business’s bottom line. View the full publication (PDF, 22 pages, 330KB)

Brokers seeing “simple economic recipe for a softening housing market”

KIRKLAND, Washington (July 5, 2018) – Home buyers around many parts of Washington state had more choices and less competition during June, prompting some industry leaders to comment on “a feeling of change in the market.” “Inventory is up and demand has dropped,” reported Robert Wasser, an officer with the [..]

NWMLS Monthly Market Snapshot

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News In Brief

June was National Safety Month. With the U.S. recently hit hard by tragedies from hurricanes to mass shootings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Safest States in America. In order to help families find the most secure places to settle down, WalletHub compared the 50 states [..]

REALTORS employ technology, training and instincts to reduce chances of becoming crime victims

Although not singled out on USA Today‘s list of 25 most dangerous jobs in America, real estate brokers face potentially unsafe situations every day. A vivid example occurred last weekend when a broker sustained serious injuries when he was assaulted during an open house in Snohomish County. Industry groups are [..]

Seattle startup uses multiple data sources to uncover underutilized properties in quest to improve housing supply

CityBldr, a Seattle startup, aims to “unlock the development potential of communities,” and much more. It uses proprietary technology and big data to help property owners understand their property’s highest and best use, and promises to bring stakeholders together to create win-win solutions. Last month, the company announced it would [..]

REALTORS offer timely tips to “work smart, stay safe”

September is officially observed as REALTOR® Safety Month, but the National Association of REALTORS® reminds its members to take extra safety precautions when previewing, showing and attending open houses. “Stay aware, be empowered 24 / 7 / 365” is the overarching advice. Even though only 20 percent of members have [..]

45,000 newcomers move to Seattle each year

Seattle was the destination for more than 45,000 newcomers who relocated here each year from 2012 to 2016, and many of them are affluent, according to an analysis by columnist Gene Balk, the “FYI Guy” at The Seattle Times. While the perception may be they’re all tech workers, the reality [..]

Kent, Renton among recipients of Smart Communities Awards

Two King County cities, Kent and Renton, were among winners of a 2018 Smart Communities Award. The program, now in its 13th year, recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in the State of [..]

Responding to Seattle’s “market pivot,” developer will build condo tower instead of apartments

What was initially planned as downtown Seattle condominiums, and then reconceived as luxury apartments, will, in fact, be condos. Developers announced the switch in mid-June, shortly before breaking ground. Named SPIRE, the slender 41-story tower on a triangular shaped site near the Seattle Center, will encompass 352 residences with prices [..]